Hot Issues Facing
Noon – Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the
Historic Woman’s National Democratic Club
Richard F. Griffin, Jr.
National Labor Relations Board
seems always to swirl around rulings and
operations of the NLRB. Lately, the turbulence
seems to be increasing. The Supreme Court
recently invalidated recess appointments of
Board members made by President Obama, thus
effectively starving the Board of its
sovereignty at the will of Congress.
rulings have raised concerns over their wider
consequences. Recently, the Board ruled that
scholarship athletes at private universities
could unionize. What does this mean for public
On July 29 of
this year, NLRB General Council, Richard F.
Griffin, Jr., ruled that McDonald’s and its
franchise operators could be held jointly liable
for labor and wage violations. The decision
stoked fears that the ruling, if upheld, could
disrupt longtime practices in the fast food
industry and possibly open the door to
D.C. Chapter of the Labor & Employment Relations
Association is extraordinarily pleased that
Mr. Richard F. Griffin, Jr., the person best
qualified to speak to these and other hot issues
facing the NLRB, has accepted our invitation to
address our September luncheon.
was sworn in as General Counsel of the National
Labor Relations Board on November 4, 2013 for a
four-year term. Prior to becoming General
Counsel, he served as an NLRB Board Member from
January 9, 2012, when he received a recess
appointment by President Obama. Mr. Griffin’s
long involvement with labor law began in 1981
when he joined the NLRB as a counsel to Board
Members. From 1983 until his appointment to the
Board in 2012, he served in the legal department
of the International Union of Operating
Engineers, ending up as IUOE’s General Counsel.
His academic background includes a B.A. from
Yale and a J.D. from Northeastern.
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Past DC LERA President
Guest Speaker at June Meeting
Attendees at the June luncheon meeting learned about the future of
work from Fred Stahl, DC LERA
past president and author of Worker Leadership: America’s Secret Weapon in the
Battle for Industrial Competitiveness and a co-author of
Lean Enterprise Value: Insights from MIT’s Lean Aerospace
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